"Courage, dear heart..." - C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Like many fantasy fans and aspiring writers, I was greatly influenced by C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia as a young reader. My copies of each book are well-worn, having been read cover to cover multiple times over my adolescence. The stories are … Continue reading Courage
Five Favorite Books
A simple little post, talking about my five favorite books of all time. Admittedly, some titles on this list are flexible, but these are definitely in the upper echelon at a constant rate. 5.) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley“COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.”I am admittedly due for a reread of this book, as I’ve only read … Continue reading Five Favorite Books
I have mentioned it before, but I was a pretty big "weeb" back in the day. And honestly, I still am - but it was a much greater obsession in my teens. I collected manga for a long time, and managed to complete many series, mostly of the shoujo genre - which are manga aimed … Continue reading Letting Go
When I was in my 11th grade AP U.S. History class, my teacher told us there was one date we needed to remember. May 17th, 1954 - Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka Kansas. The landmark decision that declared racially segregated schools as unconstitutional, and sparked several crucial events in the civil rights … Continue reading Remember This
How often have we been told not to judge a book by its cover? In general, I abide by this - in life, and when it comes to actual books. As a reader, I'm more likely to be drawn in by a powerful synopsis than by a cover. But, undeniably, a gorgeous cover is super … Continue reading Don’t Judge…
Writers are often advised to avoid certain tropes in their writing, but let's face it... some tropes/cliches are unavoidable. And some are irresistible! Tropes and cliches can be bad, don't get me wrong. They are dreaded and spurned for a reason. They can break a story and turn a reader away from a book or … Continue reading Favorite Tropes
The Things We Connect With
When you read a book, what are the things you connect with? Are there certain factors that stand out to you more than others? I read mostly YA, but I don't shy away from any particular genre, and do stray into adult literature on occasion. For me, there are a couple of elements that leap … Continue reading The Things We Connect With
Five Life-Changing Reads
Every avid reader has a favorite book or two... or seventy-six. But some of those notable or obscure titles can be life-changing. So, here's a list of some of the books that have changed my life - not only as a reader, but as a person! 1.) Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie - Most folks … Continue reading Five Life-Changing Reads
Favorite Books and Films 2018 Edition!
Favorite books (in no particular order!) 1.) Nine Coaches Waiting - Mary Stewart I cannot believe I knew nothing about Mary Stewart until this year. Set in the late 1950's, this particular tale is about a sharp young governess named Linda who must protect the life of her charge Philippe, and how she becomes entangled … Continue reading Favorite Books and Films 2018 Edition!
Worth 1000 Words #13: Ol’ Reliable
On the first day of college, I was nervously approaching my first ever class - Health and Wellness - wondering who I would sit with, if I'd make any friends, and why on earth said class needed to be so freakin' far away from the parking lot, when my backpack strap broke. Now, superstitious folk … Continue reading Worth 1000 Words #13: Ol’ Reliable